Busways takes delivery of final 13 MANs

NSW operator Busways completes 2009-10 fleet replacement and expansion program, taking delivery of final 13 MAN buses for its Sydney operation

By David Goeldner | June 11, 2010

NSW operator Busways has just completed its 2009-10 fleet replacement and expansion program, taking delivery of the final 13 MAN buses for its Sydney operation.

Busways Group Workshop and Properties Manager Chris Wolf says the 13 Euro 4, 18.310 HOUCL-NL low-floor models is the last of the 104 MAN buses with Bustech bodies bought by the operator since July last year.

The 104 MANs are part of a 600-strong fleet servicing regional NSW and outlying parts of Sydney.

The recent batch of 13 is spread across depots at Blacktown, Camden, and Campbelltown in Sydney’s west, and Wyong and Kincumber on the central coast.

"We have 16 depots that run up the NSW coast, and part of the order included three low floors and 22 MAN 18.280 school buses for the north coast operation," Wolf says.

The MAN vehicles feature ZF autos, except three route buses with Voith transmissions used around Blacktown to trial for fuel consumption savings and shift quality.

"We always look at fuel consumption, product support and overall vehicle weight to maximise capacity on the vehicle," Wolf says.

Also considered are the emission requirements.

Wolf says Busways Group chose MANs over other makes based on a range of factors.

He says its preference is to use exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology over selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

"Not all bus makes do this," Wolf says.

He adds that most engines on the market have selective catalytic reduction (SCR), and that the 310hp MAN engine is one of the few with the EGR option in Australia.

"SCR requires ‘adBlue’, a urea-based additive into the exhaust system," Wolf says.

"For our operation EGR is better suited to the refuelling process."

He says an SCR system means needing an extra tank on each vehicle and more storage at the depots.

"A reason we like MAN is because we meet the emissions requirement without going to the adBlue product – which we have avoided," Wolf said.

For the next round of 2010-11 purchases Busways will reassess what’s on the market.

"We will start looking again soon for the coming year for chasses and bodies," Wolf says.

"I am happy with MAN and I see no reason to change."

Wolf says that as chasses are always improving, Busways will assess all options on the market before the next order.

"We take into account fuel consumption, reliability, support and weight.

"If you reduce weight you reduce fuel consumption and increase passenger capacity," he says.

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